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No Rain Falls In Australia For First Time In History As Fires Continue To Rage

Experts believe yesterday, November 11, may have been Australia’s driest day since weather records began 137 years ago. A forecast map for Monday showed zero rainfall predicted for the entire mainland of Australia, with just small amounts expected in Tasmania. Today, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that just about every single part of the country

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Experts believe yesterday, November 11, may have been Australia’s driest day since weather records began 137 years ago.

A forecast map for Monday showed zero rainfall predicted for the entire mainland of Australia, with just small amounts expected in Tasmania.

Today, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that just about every single part of the country remained dry.

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A spokesperson said, via MailOnline:

While it remained dry across most of Australia, during the 24 hours to 9am today rainfall was recorded in locations in both Victoria and Tasmania.

In Victoria, totals were mostly below 3 mm (5 mm at Ferny Creek). Some over 10 mm in Tasmania.

If there had been no rain at all, it would have been the first time in Australia’s history.

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The spokesperson continued:

The team can’t comprehensively identify a day in our records where there hasn’t been rain somewhere on continental Australia.

The spectacularly dry day comes after residents living near bushland in Sydney were warned to prepare for evacuation as the city faces an ‘unprecedented level of bushfire danger’.

Sydney is currently facing ‘catastrophic’ conditions, with many weather experts fearing heights of 37°C, combined with high speed winds and low levels of humidity, could lead to the ‘perfect sandstorm’.

The Army is currently on standby, ready to get helicopters out to evacuate endangered residents who are living in the 100,000 homes believed to be at risk, amid warnings of ‘the most dangerous bushfire week the nation has ever seen’.

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On Monday, the Rural Fire Service said:

Some fires may start and spread so quickly there is little time for a warning, so do not wait and see.

There are simply not enough fire trucks for every house. If you call for help, you may not get it. Do not expect a firetruck. Do not expect a knock on the door. Do not expect a phone call. Your safest option will always be to leave early.

RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said 50 fires were burning across New South Wales and around 25 of them were uncontained.

At the time of writing, none of the fires have reached the emergency level, however Fitzsimmons says he expects some to do so today, November 12, as a result of the ‘catastrophic’ conditions.

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the fires.

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Aussie Firefighter Who Told PM To ‘Get F*cked’ Claims He’s Been Sacked

The firefighter behind the viral video of him telling the Australian Prime Minster to ‘get f*cked’ claims he’s been sacked for what he said.  Paul Parker’s rant while battling the blazes in New South Wales came off the back of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, saying fire fighter volunteers shouldn’t get paid because they ‘enjoyed’

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The firefighter behind the viral video of him telling the Australian Prime Minster to ‘get f*cked’ claims he’s been sacked for what he said. 

Paul Parker’s rant while battling the blazes in New South Wales came off the back of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, saying fire fighter volunteers shouldn’t get paid because they ‘enjoyed’ what they did.

Morrison also came under fire for taking a holiday to Hawaii during the bush fire crisis – something which he later apologised for.

You can watch the interview where Paul claims he was sacked here: 

The original rant where Paul called the Prime Minister a ‘f*ckhead’ was aired by 7News who were covering the devastating bushfires.

Paul said:

Are you from the media? Go and tell the Prime Minister to go and get f*cked from Nelligen.

We really enjoy doing this shit, f*ckhead.

Following his explicit rant, Paul was told he was ‘finished’ and therefore believed he had been sacked form his volunteer job with the RFS.

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Speaking to The Project on Sunday, he said: 

The message I got was it’s about time to brought the truck back because we were just about to send the police to go look for you. Then there were further comments with gestures and arm movements saying I’m ‘finished’, it’s all over.

Another captain from Bateman’s Bay came out and I asked him a question, and I said ‘what’s going on?’ and he said ‘you’re finished because of your allegations and foul language against the Prime Minster of the country while representing the RFS.’

Paul was asked apparently to take time off during the bushfires due to exhaustion and not because he was sacked.

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The New South Wales fire service tweeted:

The NSW RFS is aware of reports concerning the status of volunteer member Paul Parker from the Nelligen area.

We can confirm Paul remains a member of the NSW RFS and has not been dismissed.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken out about Paul’s rant as well and claims he’s ‘pleased’ Paul hasn’t lost his job.

As per the MailOnline, the Australian Prime Minister said:

There should never be any question about whether he should have been fired or not, of course, he shouldn’t.

I understand Paul was feeling incredibly exhausted, and incredibly drained by those events and he was working his tail off defending his community.

Despite the fire service denying Paul’s sacking, he says he is yet to hear anything from them on the matter.

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Speaking to The Project on Monday, Paul said he hadn’t heard ‘a single thing’ from them, adding he’d had 39 phone calls none of which was from RFS.

He also no longer wants to be part of the RFS after being told he was ‘finished’:

After what happened to me on that day? No, it broke my heart.

You know, I was doing everything I possibly could do to protect my community and to be told that, it devastated me.

Both the RFS and Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons have said they had been trying to contact Paul.

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While the bushfires are still happening in Australia, recent rain fall is believed to have massively impacted them and ‘significantly assisted’ the reduction of the fires in New South Wales in particular.

Two ‘mega fires’ north and south of Sydney were officially extinguished by the rain, officials said. Both fires had been burning since November, and had scorched around 500,000 hectares of land each.

Hopefully the rainfall gave firefighters like Paul a well deserved break.

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Vegan Woman Charged 22 Times For Breaking In To Farms Won’t Stop Saving Animals

A vegan activist is determined to keep saving animals, despite being charged 22 times for illegally breaking in to farms.  Animal-lover Leah Doellinger, from Australia, is on a mission to expose factory farms for keeping animals in what she believes are inhumane conditions. As part of her efforts, the activist leads large groups on to

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A vegan activist is determined to keep saving animals, despite being charged 22 times for illegally breaking in to farms. 

Animal-lover Leah Doellinger, from Australia, is on a mission to expose factory farms for keeping animals in what she believes are inhumane conditions.

As part of her efforts, the activist leads large groups on to Australian farms, where she records footage to share online and occasionally rescues animals she believes are in harm’s way.

Though the social media posts aim to raise awareness, they have also been known to land Doellinger in trouble. Following one venture in November 2019, police used GPS coordinates in the metadata of social media posts to determine Doellinger and her friends had trespassed on a Cameron Pastoral Company’s property.

The group was charged with trespassing and stealing six piglets from the establishment.

Doellinger is no stranger to getting in trouble with the law, as she told Yahoo! News Australia she’s been charged for related offences ’22 times since the end of 2017′.

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Rescued ♡ Thank you to my patrons who have continued to support me while I have been unable to post what I’m doing or attempting to do with the police literally tracking me. Thank you for believing in me, trusting me and helping me and the animals. I constantly feel so bad that I can’t show you what I’m doing or planning or thinking because you are literally giving me money, so I am just so grateful for those who have continued to support me without the need for me to justify and prove everything . This baby was rescued, along with 51 others. I wasn’t able to post their rescue when it happened but 52 lives were saved. The police have stopped me so many times since the last MTV so being able to rescue again brought me back to life. I have a lot of beautiful footage of them when they were at mine to share with you soon. They literally made my heart sing while in my care. Unless you have spent time with chickens, you really have no idea the individuality of each of them. Some quirky, sweet, funny, shy or brave. Some like to spend time in the sun while others like to adventure around . I know the police are watching and I get they have a job to do, but so do I, and what I do is coming from my heart ♡ . There will be a Meat The Victims #5 in Australia, it will not be trespass. It is going to take time to plan but believe me when I say, it’s going to be big I have so much I want to do for the animals, I’m trying to sort out my life and my self so that I have the motivation and discipline to keep going . Thank you for all of your love and support. I have literally felt like I lost my identity since not being able to do as much as I was since the last mtv xxx . . . . . #vegan #love #vegans #animals #animallovers #friends not #food #happy #plantbased #crueltyfree #meatthevictims #rescue

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Some of the pig-stealing group pleaded guilty, but the Australian activist is fighting the charges.

The vegan began her activism career in 2016 by attending vigil events, and before long she began doing her ‘own rescues’.

Leah explained:

We called them open rescues where you don’t wear a balaclava and don’t hide your identity because we don’t consider ourselves criminals.

There is self gain in most crime, but what we do, there’s no self gain. We do it for the animals.

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𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝑰 𝒍𝒆𝒇𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒗𝒆𝒈𝒂𝒏, 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒕. This photo is from my first vigil June 2016 . “I’m worried about my mental health” – I get this a lot, so I want to share a reply I just sent . “I was worried about my mental health too before I went to my first vigil. So I avoided because I thought I would want to kill myself afterwards & I honestly did. I was so broken seeing their faces go inside & I couldn't help them. The emotions ran their course, I cried hard, I screamed in my hands with all of their pain coming out of me, and that grew a fire. It happens every single time. Now after every rescue/action if I have a break down I may go into darkness & want to die, but I come out "swinging" ready to do something. The fire keeps growing & that is what they need. I always keep in mind that our pain is nothing compared to theirs. What you CAN do is be active for them. Use whatever you have to do that. The power of being active & sharing on social media no matter how many Facebook friends or instagram followers you have. I started with nothing, I started with 3 likes on my posts, but I kept going, kept pushing the truth into the public awareness. Even just one person feeling something from your footage can create a vegan, an activist and they go on to creating more. It may not happen the first few times but keep pushing because they ARE watching. Humans are curious creatures & that is why I started Meat The Victims because humans can't help but want to see drama, see illegal activity, the media, the news, the farmers etc, so they end up seeing the truth, the animals inside those places. Looking into their eyes. We have so much power to help, we just have to get up and use it. Be brave for them and remember our higher purpose <3 Make sure you have close friends/family. I started with no physical friends in the movement. It was all online. But my first vigil I met Cara, one of my close friends still to this day. I held the hand of a stranger as she cried & hugged another & we cried together. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚒𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚕 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚌𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚜𝚝 . . #vegan #vegans #plantbased #love #animals

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Doellinger went on to set up the ‘Meat The Victims’ events, where she leads activists on to farms. The owners of the farms are said to usually be none the wiser, as the groups are only there to capture footage of the conditions.

The activist said:

I take people into these farms to show them exactly what is happening so we can gain the footage and share it with the public.

Most of the time we do this, they’ve got no idea we’ve even been there. It’s only when we do a daylight action, and we purposefully want the attention, that they will know we’re there.

In a recent Instagram post, Doellinger admitted that while the thought of jail ‘scared her’, the consequences of her actions ‘will never be as bad as what is happening to the animals’. In another post, she said that being put behind bars would only ‘bring more attention to the truth of what is happening to animals in secrecy’.

Earlier this month, the activist referred to other people who have been charged for attempting to help animals, and said that while it is ‘unjust and mental’, it means their actions are ‘having an impact’.

She added:

This is the end for [factory farmers] and they can feel it. They can no longer keep their secrets hidden away where no one can see or hear the innocent begging for mercy but we can feel them and that is why we won’t stop.

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𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙬𝙤 𝙩𝙮𝙥𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙖 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙: 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙧𝙮, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙨𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙪𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙚𝙙 (Next tattoo lol) . ✖Jail for Activists ✖ The reality is this. It has happened in the past for other social justice movements and also for Animal Activists in the past . In the past few months myself, Hayley, @vegan.brianna @laurenmcgeachin and @naturally.serena have been raided in Australia. @mas8in in Barcelona has been sued 10,000 euros. @cam_level from France & her friends were raided just yesterday. @amysoranno has been charged and investigated. Many activists in the Netherlands were charged and had their cars damaged by farmers during the Meat The Victims. @wes_omar has been raided in the past and a few more in Europe & Australia including @dxe_arkadius & @james_warden_ar . This is unjust and mental, but it is powerful. It means we are having an impact on these industries and their blood money . This is the end for them and they can feel it. They can no longer keep their secrets hidden away where no one can see or hear the innocent begging for mercy but we can feel them and that is why we won’t stop . #wewillrisetogether #dominion #meatthevictims #vegan #vegans #plantbased #crueltyfree #activist #food #inspiration #motivation #love #lovealwayswins #happy #strong

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Doellinger’s fight comes as Australian states look to crack down on animal activists with harsher penalties and the threat of jail time.

Attorney-General Christian Porter has pledged for up to 12-month jail terms under a new offence ‘specifically designed to protect Australian farmers’ from ‘vigilante action’.

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Woman Left With £2,000 Medical Bill After Being Bitten By Sea Lion

A woman was left with a £2,000 medical bill after being bitten by a sea lion while travelling through Western Australia. Elena Precillia, 25, was swimming with a raft of sea lions at Seals’ Rocks in Geraldton when the incident occurred and one of the animals lunged for her leg. She was left with horrifying

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A woman was left with a £2,000 medical bill after being bitten by a sea lion while travelling through Western Australia.

Elena Precillia, 25, was swimming with a raft of sea lions at Seals’ Rocks in Geraldton when the incident occurred and one of the animals lunged for her leg.

She was left with horrifying puncture wounds on her thigh, which ended up requiring 20 stitches at a nearby hospital.

You can watch the moments before the attack below:

Precillia, a French-born pastry chef, decided to explore the ocean with her friend Mauro Signoretti after being told by locals that the sea lions were friendly.

She explained:

Locals had told us that the sea lions were friendly, and that many went there without a tour guide or anything like that. It was an amazing experience, as they liked to dance with us, playing and jumping out of the water.

However, as the travellers returned the next day for a third swim with the animals, the chef was attacked by one of them and was left needing an operation and a course of antibiotics to prevent infection from the sea lion’s bacteria.

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The traveller said all she saw in the moment was a ‘sea lion in front of [her]’, stating: ‘when I turned my back, he bit me.’

Describing the attack, Elena said it was on the back of her right leg and she could see ‘straight away’ the sea lion had drawn blood.

She said:

The pain was shock – I couldn’t really feel thanks to the adrenaline, but I couldn’t swim to get out of the water.

I was in panic, unable to breath well and was terrified as there were still four or five of the sea lions around us. My friend, Mauro had to get me back to shore as I was panicking.

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Mauro helped get her out of the ocean, swimming out to her and rescuing her before she was taken to the nearby Geraldton Regional Hospital.

It was there Precillia underwent an operation to clean her leg and make sure it dried well, with doctors having to keep an eye on the wound because there was a high risk of infection due to the sea lion’s rare bacteria.

Elena had to spend roughly £2000 on her treatment, with the price set to continue rising.

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Following the attack, Elena said she will ‘definitely never’ go back to swim with sea lions, and will ‘never’ recommend someone else to do it.

‘They are still wild animals, and in such close proximity, we never know what can happen,’ she added.

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